(1) Study on increasing the Average Speed of Freight Trains on MGS-GZB section:
A frame work for undertaking a study on average speed of freight trains was prepared wherein the control charts of the sections were analyzed to ascertain the causes of the low average speed of freight trains. The causes so ascertained were confirmed through foot plate inspections. Thereafter attempts were made to find out the remedial measures through discussions with Zonal Railways officers and various directorates of RDSO.
The impact of the equipment failure were also discussed in RDSO so as to make a comprehensive list of items of various directorates which are more prone to failure and then to strengthen them for reducing equipment failure.
(2) Monitoring of the CCRS Recommendations pertaining to RDSO:
The recommendations of CCRS are being sent regularly to the concerned directorates of RDSO for consideration, comments and taking required action in the matter.
(3) Preparation of Specification for Safety Chain:
The specification for safety chain has been prepared and issued.
(4) Provision of Catch Sidings:
The Committee comprised of ED/Traffic, Director/MP, Director/Track and Director Signal-I deliberated on the issues relating to catch sidings. The committee recommended that in case of new lines or gauge conversion (NG/MG to BG), the need to provide a catch siding may be dispensed with subject to the prescribed conditions .Railway Board directed RDSO to send the suggested changes for revising the criteria for provision of catch siding to CCRS Lucknow. Accordingly a proposal was sent to CCRS Lucknow Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety.
The CCRS while deciding the proposal has mentioned that all proposals regarding provision of catch sidings for grade steeper than 1 in 80 and upto 1 in 37 should be routed through Commission of Railway Safety and conditions for these would include, interalia provision of standard and duly RDSO approved braking devices including AEB & ODB in all the locomotives working the train in working condition duly certified by a senior supervisor of the railway just before start of graded section.
(5) Survey on double decker trains:
A study on Passenger feedback survey on various services being provided in Double Decker Trains has been taken up. The study recommends most of the services as satisfactory except seat comfortability and available leg space.
Passenger feedback survey on various services being provided in Double Decker Trains especially to address passengers’ feedback on catering services in Lucknow Junction–Anand Vihar Terminus Double Decker Train has been conducted. Report has been sent to NE Rly and Carriage Directorate of RDSO to take necessary action.
(6) Enhancing passenger and freight throughput on existing network:
Advisory Group of Experts (AGE) formed a subcommittee for preparation of report on enhancement of passenger and freight throughput on existing network. Four meetings of subcommittee have been held at Rly.Board & NCR H.Q. /ALD. Based on deliberations, inputs are being collected for preparation of report.
(7) Movement of Coaches to and from RDSO for conducting test and trials is coordinated with Lucknow Division/NR.
(8) Managing non cash PRS terminal in RDSO.